Been a Long Time….!

Well, its been quite a long time since my last post. Family life has impacted my free windsurfing time considerably, and those “old” days of dropping all to make the run to Avon have been gone for a while. Fortunately though, with SeaLion Wings and a foil, I have been able to enjoy quite a few fun sessions in town (Nags Head) during the warm water days of summer when the ocean is flat. Of course, when there is surf, the Wings shines too with plenty of wave action in town!

I caught a fun Ego Beach sesh back in Feb where it was 3/2 fullsuit but no cap/booties (warm SW wind and surprisingly warm water)!  Recently, have been able to hit JRidge for a few 4.6m and down sessions this Spring!  Fun times to hop over for a quick sesh during the “extended” lunch break, or prior to the evening little league baseball practices/games.

Hopeful for some future runs to Avon or rather the ramps between Salvo and Avon for a few afternoon sessions.  Not sure what the breaks are like down there, but will try to make a recon run soon.

Also, if you have noted, I added a live YouTube video feed in the upper left of the blog.  This replaces the old Bambuser version, as Bambuser has retired from live video streaming.  The YouTube option works quite well though, just need to get out for some upcoming reports!

All in all, stay tuned!
Bill’s OBX Beach Life

A Long Awaited Journey

Excitement is building as we prepare to leave tomorrow.  The kids can sense something is happening because all this week they have been waking up at different times of the night and only falling back to sleep in our bed.  Needless to say the lack of sleep has now caused me to start getting a cold…the day before our trip…Murphy’s Law strikes again.  I’m off to get some Zicam today in hopes of warding it off.  

So much to do today.  Pack, run errands, appts, etc.  Thank goodness I took the day off.  I usually don’t procrastinate this much but it’s hard to pack a suitcase when you have little ones that go behind you and unpack everything.  Brian on the other hand is a procrastinator so he will surely be packing at midnight tonight.  

I’m going to miss the kids like crazy.  It will be the first time I’ve been away from Enzo (I think…trying to remember past business trips) It will definitely be the longest amount of time I’ve been away from both of them.  Thankfully Brian is flying back this weekend so they will only have a few days away from him.  I hope that will ease the fact that I will be gone longer.

 So excited to meet my birth mom and her family for the first time this weekend.  Lots of excitement and emotions as I prepare for the big day!
 I’ll be sure to share lots of pics when I return…and maybe a few while I’m there if I have time to get online.

Our Breezy Beach Life

the best Beach Cottage day trip for a long time

Yo (that’s my street hip-hop voice, like it? you can rap the next bit if you like, I’ve had lessons in rapping from my youngest while on taxi driving duties this arvo, every day’s a school day, right?), feeling grey, feeling down, feeling cold, feeling old?  Well you’ve come to Happy Town!  It’s Friday, it’s [...]

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A Long Evening in the ER

Yesterday Addison woke up with a low grade fever.  Throughout the day we went to a trunk or treat and a Fall Festival.  She seemed a little sluggish but wanted to still be out and about.  After her nap she was sluggish but insisted we go to a Halloween party that we were invited to.  I asked her a million times if she wanted to stay home and she said “No, go to party.”  Once we got to the party she went down hill fast.  She had a barking cough, felt very warm and just wanted to be held.  She wouldn’t talk and would occasionally whisper a couple words.  After being at the party for an hour we decided to leave.  On the way home she started wheezing, coughing and vomited.  We took her to the urgent care which has late hours during the week but unfortunately once we arrived we noticed that they close earlier on the weekends.  We then headed to the hospital.  She was short of breath and wheezing really badly.  

Once we arrived at the ER they took her temperature and it was 102.  She was lethargic and not speaking.  They quickly escorted us to a room and had a respiratory therapist come and give her a breathing treatment.  They tested her for RSV and the flu.  Those both came back negative.  They gave her tylenol for the fever and we waited to see if her fever would go down and see if her breathing was improving.  After a couple hours she started wheezing again.  They sent her for chest x-rays because the Dr thought it could be the onset of pneumonia.  Her fever went down to 101 but she still felt very warm.  Repiratory came again and did another breathing treatment and gave her a dose of prednisone to open her airways.  Almost 6 hours later at 2am we were discharged to go home with a diagnosis of croup/bronchospasm.

We are now to continue breathing treatments at home, 5 days worth of steroids and an antibiotic to prevent pneumonia.  

Brian was extremely worried when they were testing her for pneumonia because just a week ago a lady he works with lost her 5 year old daughter to pneumonia.  She went to bed and never woke up.  Such a tragedy.  Needless to say we are closely monitoring Addison’s symptoms.


Our Breezy Beach Life

Long live magazines…

Just a quick post to tell you about a couple of new online & printed magazines.

It’s very inspirational to see such creative talent produce such delightful magazines. Both have a very friendly and independent approach where they focus and celebrate all things British.  What is so refreshing is the fact they invite like minded individuals to get involved. So if you feel like you have something creative to offer either or both these businesses why not send them a message…

In the meantime, I’m off to write my next article for simply one of the best online camping magazines about :)

Happy reading !

The Beach Experience